Feel Good Friday, November 16, 2012
It never fails to amaze me how some people can’t see the forest for the trees. We all want to love and be loved, but too often we ignore those we love most and miss the signals coming from spouses, family or significant others, letting us know we are loved and cherished for who we are and what we bring to relationships.
I’ve often heard it said we say and do things to the ones we love most; things we would never say or do to strangers. Is it because, as they say, familiarity breeds contempt? I hope not.
In a world that, instead of pulling together, distances itself at every opportunity; we seem to be going in diametrically opposed directions.
Through music, songwriters have often found the ability to bridge those distances. When we hear a lyric or melody that touches us deep down inside, that is the moment when artist and audience meet in the middle and share a special moment; one that transcends all the mechanics and creates a beautiful meeting of the minds.
Think of some of the great songs that celebrate love, family and sharing. When the Pointer Sisters sang We are Family, they reached us all on a viable, subliminal level. When Sly Stone sang It’s a Family Affair, her not only described the best of familial love, he also touched on the dark underbelly that is also a part of family, life and love. When Bette Midler sang Ya Got to Have Friends, you knew deep down that she was right.
I could go on and on with one great song after another, but I hope you get my meaning. It’s the middle on November. The holidays are upon us. It’s a time to reflect on the joys of family and friends and celebrate the magic they all bring in to our lives. Come on people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together. Try to love one another right now.